One of these 2 rumors will be 2014 World League format:
1. World League might have a new format of competition in 2014 with 28 teams.
There would be three categories, decided by the FIVB ranking. In A, highest category would play Bulgaria, USA, Russia, Poland, Serbia, Italy, Brazil and Japan. They would be separated into two pools and would play six games each (home –away). Two best teams from each pool would advance into final-six, with host or third best team and winner of the B category. They would fight for the prestigious trophy.
The B category consists of 12 teams – France, Germany, Argentina, Netherlands, Iran, Australia, Korea, Canada, Cuba, Belgium, Portugal and Finland. There would be three pools. Winners would advance to the separate final-four, together with host, and the winner of that tournament would join A category on the final-six.
In C, last category, would compete 8 teams that have never played in World League. They would have the opportunity to compete at higher level.
2. The following teams will compete at the 2014 edition of the FIVB World League. Teams are listed in no particular order:
Belgium, winner of the 2013 European League, will make its World League debut and has taken Portugal’s spot as the only major change among the list of participating teams.
Our source also adds that the 2014 World League will use the same format used for the 2013 edition: Pools A and B are determined using the serpentine system based on the most current world rankings. Pool C will feature teams ranked as the next best four in the world rankings after the 12 teams in Pool A and B.
The final format of the competition will be confirmed on 1st December when leadership of the World League will have a meeting.